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No heat replaced thermostat still no heat.both top and bottom hoses are hot, top maybe a little more than the bottom. the temp guage reads only 2 marks above the cold mark. i could really use some help on this one.

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  • Eeyore2898 May 11, 2010

    The system may need flushed. Have you tried this? Also, check you anti-freeze level. These are just a few of the little things that I have tried on my van. However, I still haven't found the solution on my vehicle. Here's hoping your vehicle is easier to solve than mine!:)

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Have you felt the hoses going to the heater core ?

Your heater core may be bad also.

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